An Inspiring ALS Story


My Impossible Dream

Roy Laugrey Libores


But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find Him, if you search after Him with all your heart and with all your soul. – Deuteronomy 4:29, ESV.


I come from a poor family in Limasawa Island, Leyte. My father is a fisherman and a

farmer while my mother is a good housekeeper. The

Lord is really good to me because He gave me parents who fears Him. My parents told me to put

God first in our lives whatever happens. I keep that

advice in my mind.

After graduating from elementary, my parents could no longer afford to send me to high

school. So I had to find a job to help my family. At a young

age, I worked as a fisherman and other jobs for nine years just to earn money. I almost forgot my

dream of finishing a bachelor’s degree.

At last I was given an opportunity to go to AUP—not as a student but as a construction

worker. I was one of the workers who built the Music Center.

At that time Ma’am Heidi Cerna, who was a faculty member of the music department, was our

supervisor. She encouraged me to go back to school through the Alternative Learning System

(ALS)—an acceleration program of the government. Ma’am Cerna allowed me to work Mondays to

Fridays and on Sundays I attended the classes in preparation for the acceleration exam.

Early morning on the examination day, we boarded the AUP bus going to

Dasmariñas, Cavite for the annual ALS test. But our vehicle broke down so

we arrived late. We weren’t allowed to take the exam that morning.

However, I prayed earnestly for God’s help. Because if I couldn’t take it

that day I would wait for another year and all my efforts would be useless.

Surprisingly, God answered my prayer—I could take the exam scheduled in

the afternoon.

What a relief! This is the first step. Indeed, God is aligning everything

according to His plan. I just needed to hold on.


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